With a product that is expensive, and in high demand for how few stores are opening, security is the next step legal retail marijuana store owners need to tackle in the coming weeks.
UNION GAP, WA - With a product that is expensive, and in high demand for how few stores are opening, security is the next step legal retail marijuana store owners need to tackle in the coming weeks.
This also means protection for the people working at the stores.In Union Gap, crime and break-ins are a common issue so setting up protection is important.
Station 420's owner Adam Markus said he is ready for doors to open because he has a high security system in place.
From cameras inside and outside the store, to alarms, to shatter proof glass and window bars, he is making sure his customers, employees and product all stay safe.
"There are a lot of recreational marijuana users out there and we hope that we can give them a place to come and feel comfortable and come in and purchase from us," Markus said.
For bigger cities like Seattle this is a major issue.
Police said there might be a small police presence at local Seattle stores on Monday to make sure opening day goes smoothly, but based on the department's policy, off duty officers will not be allowed to take 2nd jobs working security at retail marijuana stores.
Union Gap police have not said what their involvement with local pot businesses will be, but with product here being more expensive than medical marijuana and with a limited amount coming into the store, Markus said he is going to do everything he can to protect his business.